West Virginia in the Civil War
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Introductory article on West Virginia in the Civil War, by Dr. Mark A. Snell for the West Virginia Encyclopedia
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Timeline PhotosOn May 23, 1862, Union forces led by Colonel George Crook repelled an attack by Confederates under General Henry Heth at the Battle of Lewisburg.
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May 22, 1861: Thornsberry Bailey Brown became the first casualty of the Civil War
Like much of West Virginia during the Civil War, Taylor County was divided in loyalty. Though most residents sided with the Grafton Guards, the local Union militia, others supported and joined the Confederate Letcher’s Guard. On May 22, 1861, in a fatal encounter between these two militias, Thornsberry Bailey Brown became the first Union soldier killed in the Civil War.
Grafton National Cemetery was authorized in 1865 when Congressman Swinton Burdett of Iowa introduced a bill creating a National Cemetery in northern West Virginia. Work began in 1867 on the 3.21-acre site purchased from the heirs of Alexander Yates. Within two years, 1,251 Union and Confederate troops, including 664 unknown soldiers, were reburied in the cemetery under the supervision of the U.S. Burial Corps. Thornsberry Bailey Brown, is buried in the cemetery, his grave marked by a special monument.
Read about Grafton National Cemetery at e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia
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Will you help with this sign in Glenville, West Virginia?Meet the Trails Team. 🤝
Our small team works hard everyday but rely on our sponsors, visitors, and volunteers to keep us running. You are part of our team too.
Today, we are asking you to pitch in to help us keep this sign standing in West Virginia. The "Attack on Glenville" sign located in Gilmer is the only Civil War Trails site in the County. We hope you can step up to fill our ranks by raising $200 today.
Each of our #civilwartrails sites need a sustaining sponsor to ensure that we can maintain and update the interpretive and directional signs and distribute the maps to ensure the world knows about each of these places. Occasionally we lose a sponsor and this year is no different.
Civil War Trails provides over 1,200 #openairmuseum experiences across six states ranging from signs located on picturesque battlefields, along wooded hiking trails, or around corners in historic downtowns.
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Thanks for sharing this. We rarely have signs lose a sponsor but these are lean times for many. We hope today with a few bucks per person we can raise the $200 to keep this one.
McCoy House in Franklin, West Virginia. Have you visited any of the sites on West Virginia's Civil War Trails? It's a great time to get out and visit the largest outdoor museum...
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Nice work!This past Saturday, four AmeriCorps Members cleaned up 8 bags of trash at the Rich Mountain Battlefield as part of their Spring Service Project.
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May 9, 1863: A Confederate raiding party under Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones set fire to the Burning Springs oil field
The Burning Springs field located in Wirt County was one of two producing oil fields in the world at the outset of the Civil War. In April and May 1863, Confederate Generals William E. Jones and John D. Imboden conducted an extensive raid into West Virginia.The raiders arrived on May 9 at Burning Springs, Wirt County. There they set fire to oil, oil tanks, engines for pumping, engine houses, wagons, and oil-laden boats. The boats exploded, sending burning oil down the Little Kanawha River until the stream became a sheet of flame with massive clouds of dense, jet-black smoke filling the air. In his report to Gen. Robert E. Lee, Jones perhaps overestimated the amount of oil burned at 150,000 barrels, noting that it turned the Little Kanawha River into a ‘‘sheet of fire" and the fiery sight as a ‘‘scene of magnificence that might well carry joy to every patriotic heart.’’
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